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A Guide to Field Instrumentation in Geotechnics
Principles, Installation and Reading

ISBN 9780415675376
Published February 7, 2012 by CRC Press
232 Pages

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Book Description

Geotechnical instrumentation is used for installation, monitoring and assessment on any sizeable project, particularly in urban areas, and is used for recording, controlled remedial work, and safety.

This unique and up-to-date book deals with the conceptual philosophy behind the use of instruments, and then systematically covers their practical use. It is divided into displacement dominated systems and stress recording systems. The limitations are discussed and the theoretical background for data assessment and presentation are covered in some detail, with some relevant background material in theoretical soil mechanics. Relevant advanced electronic techniques such as laser scanning in surveying and fibre-optics are also included and communication and data recovery systems are discussed.

This book is written for senior designers, consulting engineers, and major contractors who need a major introduction to the general purpose, availability, and analysis of field instruments before details of their own project can be progressed, and it serves as a textbook to any specialist geotechnical MSc or professional seminar course in which instrumentation forms a major part.

Table of Contents

Geotechnical Instrumentation, the Philosophy of Why, Where and How
A Basic Introduction to Soil Behaviour and Some Engineering Applications
General Concepts of Instrumentation
Horizontal and Vertical Displacement Measurement
Vertical Displacement Measurement
Vibrating Wire Instruments
Interpreting other Vibrating Wire Instruments, Load Cells and Crackmeters
Optical Systems
Data Logging, Recovery and Presentation
Tunnelling Instrumentation
The Bassett Convergence System (BCS)
The Source of all Displacements: The Tunnel

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Richard Bassett is former head of Geotechnics at University College, London. He has extensive industry experience as lead consultant to the itmsoil group.